Softball Manages Second Straight Split with Game Two Victory Over Saint Leo

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

Chris Donovan (Pictured) Tossed a Three-Hit Shutout in Leading PBA to a 3-0 Game Two Win Over Saint Leo on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards. Chris Donovan (Pictured) Tossed a Three-Hit Shutout in Leading PBA to a 3-0 Game Two Win Over Saint Leo on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

Box Score

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- For already the third time this season, the Palm Beach Atlantic University softball team would drop the opener of a double-header to a team from the Sunshine State Conference only to rebound nicely for a game two victory. Saturday saw the Sailfish lose 5-2 to Saint Leo University then fire back with a 3-0 shutout win over the Lions at Lake Catherine Complex on a beautiful day for softball.

The game two victory produced a 2-2 weekend for the Fish who posted a similar split on Friday night with a 1-1 showing versus the University of Tampa. A team still learning to find their identity with eight newcomers looking to mesh with eight returners, the Sailfish are now 7-5 on the season.

The Fish fell behind early in game one as the Lions plated a pair in the top of the first inning when Sarah Boyd laid down an effective squeeze bunt to score the first run then an infield single from centerfielder Amber Martyn brought home another run.

Palm Beach Atlantic evened the score on one swing from senior Caitlin Bouschet who blasted her first homerun of the spring over the left-field fence onto an unsuspecting palm tree to even the score at 2-2.

With PBA starter Lauren Bubeck (3-3) starting to find a groove in the circle after the two-run first inning, the Lions broke through in the top of the fifth inning with a three spot of runs to climb to their eventual 5-2 final score.

Catcher Brittany Yates came through with the big hit of the inning with a two-run single while shortstop Elysha Agen delivered one of her three hits in the game for a RBI double.

Bubeck took the loss for PBA while tossing seven innings and allowing eight hits, five runs, with a walk and two strikeouts. Megan Still pitched effectively for the Lions (6-6) who saw their right-hander keep the Fish off balance while striking out four batters and allowing six hits.

Cassady Faircloth finished 2-for-2 for PBA in game one to lead the squad who totaled six hits.

Game two featured perhaps the best outing of the season by junior Chris Donovan in the circle for PBA as the Gainesville, Florida native posted her second shutout of the season by allowing only two hits, four walks, and striking out six batters.

Ashton Whidden (1-3) opposed Donovan and gave up three runs (one earned) in five innings of work while walking two and striking out two batters. Kristen Kelly tossed one inning of relief for SLU.

PBA did not waste much time in getting Donovan some runs in game two with Bouschet beginning the frame with a double then coming in to score on a botched throw after Brittany Schneider laid down a sacrifice bunt. Miranda Welch would add in a RBI single later in the inning to make it 2-0.

The score would remain only a two-run lead for PBA until the bottom of the sixth inning when a pair of passed balls allowed Schneider to come around to score after leading off the frame with a single.

Kimberly Traxler and Welch both posted two hits at the top of the PBA batting order while Schneider added in a pair of runs scored.

PBA will have the next week off from game action until gearing up for a busy weekend at the Eckerd Tournament in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Sailfish will play six games in three days beginning on Friday, February 25th with a matchup with the University of West Florida at 5 pm. PBA will also face Flagler College, UMASS-Lowell, Eckerd College, Saint Leo University, and the University of Tampa during the weekend.

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